“… Come September, if the devil does not water the feast, it fills this Cup, to the edge of Orange wine and spilled nearly always as a generous heart." These words came from the pen of one of the most important writers in the Spanish language, Juan Ramón Jiménez, in his well-known work "Platero y yo". But, what is the Orange wine mentions? It's a wine whose preparation involves Orange, a citrus that will make you to procure the color of this fruit, as well as its flavor. Read on to learn a little more about the characteristics and history of this peculiar drink.
Orange wine is the result of a white wine with aromas of macerated orange peel, which is aged with the solera system. It is sweetened with grape must and is given a characteristic aromatization thanks to the preparation of bitter orange peel. The maceration lasts for six months. Then crusts are separated from the wine and the juice that is clarified through a process of decantation and filtration. Finally, get older by criaderas and Solera wine in oak casks. There it will stay another two years.
Though oranges are used to prepare it, the only wine is wine if it is made from grapes, and orange wine is no exception. It has developed over the centuries and produce it now is a way to return to a tradition that had its moment of maximum peak centuries ago.
But, what do you know orange wine? It's a breeding ground of sweetness, full-bodied, whose contact with the skin of the Orange gives it a citrus touch that makes it very different from what we are accustomed. It should be served at a temperature between the 9th and the 11 degrees Celsius and is common to notice a taste to the fruit and wood.
To enjoy it to the fullest, nothing like a good pairing. Blue cheeses, patés and smoked tops are one of the appetizers to pair Orange wine. The dessert of chocolate, truffles, or ice cream with dried fruits, as well as the souffles, will be accompanied by this drink extraordinary. Our recommendation is to try yourself to experiment with combinations that most inspire you, to discover new combinations.
History of Orange wine
The areas where the Orange wine is produced in Spain are two and in Andalusia. It is of Huelva and Málaga, and only of the Condado de Huelva has the denomination of origin of Orange wine at European level.
In the year 1770 the wineries of the new tithing in Moger were founded. Nearly a century later, in the year 1860, they get for sale Orange wine. It will be at the beginning of the 20th century when other wineries will join it in the production of this wine, and thus becomes lips of Juan Ramón Jiménez, who mentioned it in his texts, as we saw at the beginning.
Outside Spain, Orange wine occurs in places such as Italy, in the region of Friuli-Venezia. Slovenia, Croatia, France, Germany and, beyond Europe, New Zealand and the State of California in the United States are other sites where you can find.